J. Lee Friedman Dies

Concert and family attractions promoter J. Lee Friedman, 92, died of complications of cancer April 7th.

Friedman, known as "J. Lee" even though the J did not stand for anything, has a storied history in Georgia, bringing in acts from Pearl Bailey and Carol Channing to Elvis Presley and Liberace, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Friedman got his start promoting roller derby, "Holiday On Ice" and circuses in Atlanta in the mid ’40s.

As president of Braves Productions Inc., Friedman brought artists including Elton John, Three Dog Night and Rod Stewart to the Atlanta Fulton County Stadium.

He pushed for integration in promoting shows at the former Atlanta Municipal Auditorium and Tower Theater and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1998.